Ladadika, an old district of Thessaloniki, is the cool party area of the city. These stone paved small streets are lined up with historical neoclassical buildings. These streets host the best taverns in the city together in this small area. Just after a walk from the sea side promenade, it is an ideal place to wind down a bit and observe the greek life at its best.
Once full of oil shops, then brothels to party district, Ladadika boasts an interesting history. ‘Ladadika’ comes from Greek, and means shops selling oil. Being just across the port, it was the perfect place for the vendors and traders to sell olive oil. Since Ottoman times, this area has been an Egyptian market-place (bazaar) and attracting people ever since. After a huge fire in the city in 1917, this part of the city was left least harmed. Soon after the fire, this place with commercial shops turned into brothel houses during night. This area was closed down in 1970s but declared of cultural importance in 1985 and has been protected for its character and style since then. Now this place is famous for its shimmering nightlife amongst tourists and locals alike.
The local taverns
These days you will find Ladadika full of people enjoying the calm music in the local taverns. There are plenty of restaurants in this area and everything looks amazing on their menu. Each place has a different theme and designed differently.We ate at a place called ‘Negroponte’, which was one of the oldest ones. The food was amazing!! Who would have thought that I will eat zucchini balls (with cheese and carrots) someday? I liked their homemade bread as well. And, wait-for-it, we even got dessert for free. A big ‘YAY’ to the greek hospitality. If you are ever visiting Thessaloniki, you should definitely try this place.
The party area
Soon after nine, this place gets quite crowded. Families and friends greet each other, have great food, sip their wines and Ouzos together and just lay back and enjoy the evening. My inability to understand Greek was no hurdle to understand the cheerful mood. Laughter from different tables come together to create the beautiful ambiance. A perfect evening. Well, there is not a lot you want from life after that.
What caught my attention were the groups of ten and twelve years olds hanging around till late night. No wonder Thessaloniki has such a great night life. People tend to start early 😀
By the way, for people with a thing for sweet fruity beers, I found another one for your list. Local beer from the region. Sweet and smells fruity. Perfect end to the tiring day.
And I will say this again, if you are ever visiting Thessaloniki, you cannot afford to miss Ladadika. On this note, I am off to my next day in this charming city. Museums and historical sight on charts today. If you are wondering why I am promoting #OffbeatGreece, I explained the Whys and Hows here.
This article is a part of the 31 days series #OffbeatGreece I started in October 2016. You can find more articles from this series here.
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